CONTRIBUTOR:

Kathryn S. Freeman

AFFILIATION:

TITLE:

Professor

DEPARTMENT:

English

INSTITUTION:

University of Miami

BIOGRAPHY:

Kathryn Freeman, whose fields are British Romanticism, Orientalism, Blake studies, and women’s literature, received her PhD from Yale in 1990. Her first book, Blake’s Nostos: Fragmentation and Nondualism in The Four Zoas (SUNY 1997) examines Blake’s non-linearity as a means to reassess Blake’s poetics and his relationship to his contemporaries. Her second book, Women Writers and the Asiatic Society of Bengal, 1785-1835: Re-Orienting Anglo-India (Ashgate 2014) investigates the literary relationship between women writers of the late eighteenth century and the Orientalist transmission of Vedic texts. She has published related articles on Sydney Owenson’s The Missionary; on Phebe Gibbes’ Hartly House, Calcutta; and on the translations of William Jones and Charles Wilkins. Her Guide to William Blake is a companion to Blake’s cosmology and historical context that challenges the premise of referentiality in the spirit of Blake’s text and design (Routledge 2017). Her current book project explores Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poetics of eros and the re-creative imagination alongside the writing of Mary Robinson and Mary Shelley.